Background: Stress is more prevalent among Latino and Black people than other ethnic minority groups or their White counterparts. Research suggests that a greater amount of stress is correlated with an increase in sedentary behavior and lower stress is correlated with increased physical activity among ethnic minority adults. The aim of this study is to examine this association among Latina and African American girls.
Methods: This cross-sectional study will use secondary, baseline data from 79 Latina and Black girls (8-12 years old). Stress was measured through self-report survey. Physical activity and sedentary behavior were measured objectively with accelerometers and subjectively with 3-day physical activity recall measures. Pearson correlations will be used to test associations.
Results: We expect that stress is statistically significantly associated with physical activity and sedentary behaviors. Stress will have a positive correlation with sedentary behavior and a negative correlation with physical activity.
Conclusion: These findings will support the hypothesis that stress is associated with physical activity and sedentary behavior among minority youth. A significant stress-activity level association may indicate that it is possible to enhance the quality of life of minority girls by implementing stress coping strategies to promote physical activity.
Key Words: Stress, Physical activity, Sedentary behavior, Minority girls